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Informed Consent

When you think of informed consent, you may think of the written consent forms that patients are sometimes asked to sign.

In fact, informed consent is not the same thing as a consent form. Instead, informed consent has to do with communication between a patient and a provider.

This communication allows the patient to make informed decisions about treatment options.

This course will teach you what you need to know to:

  • Protect the patient's right to make treatment decisions
  • Comply with the doctrine of informed consent

You will learn about:

  • Ethics, law, and accreditation concerns related to informed consent
  • Special cases of informed consent

Keep in mind throughout this course that laws and regulations vary by state. It is best to check with legal counsel in order to review your obligations and duties.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the basis for informed consent
  • Identify The Joint Commission requirements for informed consent
  • List special cases in which informed consent is not required
  • Identify cases in which informed consent is given by someone other than the patient